The NOVA Fab Lab, located at Northern Virginia Community College, is hosting a virtual Design Challenge! In the past year, manufacturers have often sold out of typical fun products like video games, building blocks, and jigsaw puzzles. In the absence of consumables, people have utilized their own creativity to invent new products for personal and family entertainment. THE CHALLENGE is to invent and design a product which transforms typical household items or materials into a toy or game.
The Challenge is open to middle school, high school, and college students with entries being accepted from February 15th until April 15th. Grand prize winner will receive a 3D Printer, design software, and fabrication of their product! For more details visit www.nvcc.edu/systemic/fablab.html .
Virtual Fab Lab Tours
Would you like to learn more about the NOVA Fab Lab? Then attend a virtual tour and live information session. You will have an opportunity to ask questions, see images and videos of lab activities, and receive an overview of Fab Lab programs. Free and open to the public. February 25th @ 7 pm and March 26th @ 2 pm. Register here: http://steminar.novastem.us/Register
Lifelong Learning Institute Workshop: “3D Printing & Mini Greenhouse Construction”
Participants will learn how to use design software to create a greenhouse accessory for 3D printing. Their design will then be fabricated and mailed to the participant along with a mini-greenhouse kit to build. Additionally, Fab Lab videos will demonstrate how 3D printing works and how the greenhouse covers were created using a plastic thermoforming machine. No previous experience required. Must be a member of the LLI of Manassas. March 12th from 10:00-11:30 am. Register at: https://lli-manassas.org/
Teacher Professional Development: “Easel: Understand tool-pathing for CNC carving”
Learn the basic technology on how CNC carving works while designing an ink stamp using a free, web-based software called Easel. This session is recommended for formal and informal educator’s that have interest in CNC carving or access to a Carvey® desktop CNC router. The session will model and emphasize tips and tricks for virtual instruction using this software. Time for pedagogical discussions and student/instructor guides will be provided. Free and no prior experience required. March 8th from 4–6 pm. Register at: http://teacherpd.novastem.us/Register .